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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Winter Newsletter
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM - 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.
  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat 29 Jan
Maple Syrup Saturdays
Saturday, January 29, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Learn the process of making maple syrup from tap to table! We will hike up to 1-mile to reach the mapletrees to demonstrate tapping and to collect sap. All ages.

Outdoors Only

Program size may be limited, registration recommended: visit claypitponds.eventbrite.com

Sat 05 Feb
Maple Syrup Saturdays
Saturday, February 5, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Learn the process of making maple syrup from tap totable! We will hike up to 1-mile to reach the maple trees to demonstrate tapping and to collect sap.

Outdoors Only

Program size may be limited, registration recommended: visit claypitponds.eventbrite.com

Thu 10 Feb
Maple Syrup Science for Homeschoolers
Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Join us each month for a public program geared toward homeschoolers! This month's program is Maple Syrup Science: learn how to make maple syrup from tap to table! Includes a 1-mile hike. Registration required. All ages.

Outdoors Only

Registration required; register at claypitponds.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required
Sat 12 Feb
Maple Syrup Saturdays
Saturday, February 12, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Learn the process of making maple syrup from tap totable! We will hike up to 1-mile to reach the maple trees to demonstrate tapping and to collect sap.

Outdoors Only

Program size may be limited, registration recommended: visit claypitponds.eventbrite.com

Sat 12 Feb
Owl Prowl with Cliff Hagen
Saturday, February 12, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Join the President of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and middle school teacher of special education science on a hike at night to search for owls! We will walk up to 2 miles in the dark. Please bring a flashlight if you have one. Registration required. Ages 6+

Outdoors Only

Registration required; register at claypitponds.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required

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